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Spring Grove man facing several felonies lied on forms to buy rifle, police say

Michael Golz, 28, Spring Grove
Michael Golz, 28, Spring Grove

A Spring Grove man accused of lying on a form to buy a rifle allegedly claimed he hadn’t been indicted on several felony charges that were filed against him in McHenry County.

Illinois State Police on Friday filed a criminal complaint against 28-year-old Michael Golz, accusing him of using false information to buy firearm.

Golz, of the 38200 block of Fifth Avenue, bought a Century International Model M70 rifle, despite knowing he faced felony charges in McHenry County. He is charged with buying a firearm with false information and failure to keep record of a firearm transfer.

While filling out the required forms to buy the rifle, Golz allegedly said he hadn’t been indicted on any charges that could result in more than one year in prison.

Golz was charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer and criminal damage to government property in 2017 after he allegedly spit at a police officer, according to a separate criminal complaint.

A grand jury indicted Golz on the charges Aug. 17, 2017. If Golz were convicted of the most serious charge in the 2017 case, aggravated battery to a peace officer, he could be sentenced to between three and seven years in prison.

He was additionally charged in May with aggravated battery, aggravated driving under the influence, reckless driving and mob action, court records show.

Illinois State Police could not be reached to confirm where Golz bought the gun, or whether the weapon was ever turned over to him. Illinois law requires a background check and 24-hour waiting period for anyone trying to buy a long gun.

Golz remained free on bond Tuesday, and is due back in court Oct. 10.

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